Teacher Resources

To support the use of our books in the classroom and in libraries, we have produced Teacher Notes and Classroom Extras for many of our children's books and other titles of interest. These resources are free to download below – we hope you find them useful.

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These year level groupings are suggestions, and some resources will be suitable for a wider age range.

 

Lower Primary (Years Foundation–2)

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Alight
A Story of Fire and Nature

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (425 KB)


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Bee Detectives

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (775 KB)


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Bouncing Back
An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story

Core Curriculum Links: Years 2–6
Teacher Notes PDF (1.19 MB)


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The Butterfly and the Ants

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.24 MB)


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Diprotodon

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (987 KB)


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The Forgotten Song
Saving the Regent Honeyeater

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (911 KB)


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The Great Lizard Trek

Core Curriculum Links: Years 2–6
Teacher Notes PDF (585 KB)


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The Great Southern Reef

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.61 MB)


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Hold On!
Saving the Spotted Handfish

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (2.71 MB)

Classroom Extras: Handfish Colouring Sheet PDF (816 KB)


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Life in a Hollow

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.67 MB)


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On the Trail of the Plains-wanderer
A Precious Australian Bird

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.01 MB)


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One Potoroo
A Story of Survival

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (739 KB)


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Plantastic!
A to Z of Australian Plants

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–6
Teacher Notes PDF (705 KB)


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Pollination
How Does My Garden Grow?

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (845 KB)


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Secrets of the Saltmarsh

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.1 MB)


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Shine, Star, Shine!

Core Curriculum Links: Years 2–5
Teacher Notes PDF (674 KB)


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A Shorebird Flying Adventure

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (2.63 MB)


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Swifty
The Super-fast Parrot

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.22 MB)


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Swim, Shark, Swim!

Core Curriculum Links: Years 2–5
Teacher Notes PDF (567 KB)


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Swoop

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.29 MB)


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Cover image of The Voyage of Whale and Calf

The Voyage of Whale and Calf

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (667 KB)


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Cover image of Where Are All the Christmas Beetles?

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Windcatcher
Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater

Core Curriculum Links: Years Foundation–3
Teacher Notes PDF (7.17 MB)


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Wollemi
Saving a Dinosaur Tree

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (1.1 MB)


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Wonderful Wasps

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–4
Teacher Notes PDF (872 KB)

 

 

 


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AmAZed!
CSIRO's A to Z of Biodiversity

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (766 KB)


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Animal Eco-Warriors
Humans and Animals Working Together to Protect Our Planet

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (1.79 MB)


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Animal Migrations
Flying, Walking, Swimming

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (434 KB)


Cover image of Bots and Bods

Bots and Bods
How Robots and Humans Work, from the Inside Out

Core Curriculum Links: Years 4–8
Teacher Notes PDF (354 KB)


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The Encyclopedia of STEM Words
An Illustrated A to Z of 100 Terms for Kids to Know

Classroom Extras: A–Z of STEM Words A3 Poster PDF (3.93 MB)


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The Forest in the Tree
How Fungi Shape the Earth

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (1.93 MB)


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The Great Australian Science Book

Core Curriculum Links: Years 4–9
Teacher Notes PDF (852 KB)


 

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A Hollow Is a Home

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (1.24 MB)


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How to Survive on Mars

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (624 KB)


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Imagining the Future
Invisibility, Immortality and 40 Other Incredible Ideas

Core Curriculum Links: Years 4–7
Teacher Notes PDF (828 KB)


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More Hands-On Science
50 Amazing Kids' Activities from CSIRO

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (330 KB)


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Nema and the Xenos
A Story of Soil Cycles

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (2.24 MB)


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Ocean Animals
The Weirdest, Smartest and Sneakiest Sea Creatures

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (694 KB)


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Oceans of Plastic
Understanding and Solving a Pollution Problem

Core Curriculum Links: Years 4–6
Teacher Notes PDF (314 KB)


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Ready, Set, Code!
Coding Activities for Kids

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (511 KB)


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Sensational Australian Animals

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–6
Teacher Notes PDF (391 KB)


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Cover image of Zobi and the Zoox

Zobi and the Zoox
A Story of Coral Bleaching

Core Curriculum Links: Years 1–6
Teacher Notes PDF (691 KB)

 

 

 


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Beachcombing
A guide to seashores of the Southern Hemisphere

Core Curriculum Links: Years 3–8
Teacher Notes PDF (3.00 MB)


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Eclipse Chasers

Core Curriculum Links: Years 10–12
Teacher Notes PDF (258 KB)


 

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Cover image of Oceans

Oceans
Science and Solutions for Australia

Core Curriculum Links: Years 7–10
Teacher Notes PDF (4.41 MB)


Cover image of The Physics of Popcorn

The Physics of Popcorn
Discover and Learn with 22 Experiments

Core Curriculum Links: Years 5–9
Teacher Notes PDF (363 KB)


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Zoo Ethics
The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation

Core Curriculum Links: Years 10–12, tertiary education
Teacher Notes PDF (103 KB)